Established in 1977, the Alfred Bendiner Memorial Fund is for the purchase of rare books in architecture, architectural drawings, and prints of architectural subjects. Mr. Bendiner (B.Arch. 1922 and M.Arch. 1927) served as artist for the University Museum's archeological expedition to Tepe Gawra and Khafaji, Iraq in 1937. He was architect to the university's Tikal-Tikal archeological expedition to Guatamala in 1960.
A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and president of the Philadelphia Chapter, he was acclaimed not only as an artist, but also as a writer, publishing Music to My Eyes (1952), Bendiner's Philadelphia (1964), and contributing to Atlantic Monthly and Harper's.
Materials purchased through this fund include:
- British design : tradition and modernity after 1948
- Modernity : Enlightenment and Revolution - ideal and unforeseen consequence
- Age of empire : Britain's imperial architecture from 1880-1930
- Sketch, from The landscape, a didactic poem : addressed to R.P. Knight esq[ui]r[e] with notes, illustrations, and a postscript.
- Di liu jie Zhongguo Beijing guo ji mei shu shuang nian zhan zuo pin ji = The album of the Sixth Beijing International Art Biennale, China, 2015